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What type of preparation would be good for a high school English teacher?

What type of classes would be useful to be prepared to teach?

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Pamela’s Answer

Classes would vary according to the field you would choose to teach but overall, the university you attend will align most of the for you. Go online and look up the classes needed for various certifications. You could also call a college and ask them to send you a copy of the coursework needed. As far as prior to college I would say to get a well-rounded education. Take a variety of classes that interest you. As a teacher you will have a wide range of students in your classroom that may want to know about many things. Read and explore the world. Be one that knows information well enough to explain it and not just know it. There is a difference. Public speaking may help you as well. Some entering education are not accustomed to talking in front of people. Hope this helps.
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William’s Answer

Hey Kaitlin!
You may acquire K12 or high school or specialist teaching from a college plus a teaching certification.
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Lisa’s Answer

Hi, I taught HS English before I became a college professor. Read widely—- anything! Talk to An English teacher you like and ask questions.

Be prepared to read lots of student writing, and be prepared to ask students to write multiple drafts of papers (double space— easier on you eyes).

Love your students! Or else don’t go into teaching. I LOVED my students, even those who weren’t good students!

Lisa recommends the following next steps:

Observe English teachers you like.
Wear strong glasses!
Make sure you love working with young people!
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Melody’s Answer

Honestly Caitlin, the greatest ability or skill my favorite English teachers had was their true love of language and reading variety. In the school environment, we are battling the social media/visual influence. Students are rebelling against actual book reading. You would do well to keep up your own love around the area and explore opportunities on how to teach/introduce/explore engaging students in this area. You may follow the traditional licensure of teaching and getting special endorsements after that training to teach in HS. However, the teaching environment has shifted some given the teacher shortages around the US. I have seen teacher who obtain English/Literature degrees, not traditional teaching degrees. With these degrees, they can get special licenses to teach this subject in HS. Why I put this out as an option is you my love just the English/Literature study and not all the "how to teach" courses of getting a traditional teaching license. This works for higher grade teaching such a Middle School and higher.
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